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Lil' Abner

Published 1940

Film based on the comic strip by Al Capp. Dogpatch comes to life with Buster Keaton, Edgar Kennedy and more.

Run time 1:11:08
Production Company Vogue Productions
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Mothmom - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - October 25, 2016
Subject: Excellent
Missed this classic!
Reviewer: judeblack, bbc - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 14, 2015
Subject: Oh, happy day!
This movie retains all of the charm of the comic strip and great pains have been taken to make sure the actors stay in character. Al Capp is one of the best writers and satirists around. He is my ideel.
Reviewer: BoopBoopaddoop - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 24, 2012
Subject: 4 stars
Was very great! entertaining too! i have also read the comics, so i know what the story off by heart, well the characters backrounds...
Reviewer: Hemmingway - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 12, 2012
Subject: Good clean fun
For what it is, this movie was and is good clean fun. It was not intended to make a political statement or anything. Rather, it was intended to bring a popular cartoon strip to life and give people of the day a chance to relax and be entertained.
Reviewer: MaryAnna - favoritefavorite - March 9, 2010
Subject: what a waste
The one and only Buster Keaton is used for THIS? What a waste of a wonderful talent! The movie itself is just plain silly nonsense,but I've seen worse.
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 29, 2006
Subject: Abner
One of the more worth while movies in the collection. I watch it every 6 months or so. It's not a classic or grand cinema, just good fun.
Reviewer: Dellos - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - December 31, 2004
Subject: Just Plain Folks
Many people trash this film as being dull and boring. when it was made it conformed to the cinema style of the day that was based on silent film and the new talkie medium which meant you could not move to far out the range of the microphone or you would not be picked up. The set-ups in this film are place the camera and the actors act in front of it. (there is a dolly shot or two but not much else
Being a fan of art movies I had no problem watching this film as I like films that are like watching paint dry, meaning they have scenes that last longer than 30 seconds.
Authors note :According to recent surveys people today have the attention span of 7 1/2 minutes so they are use to stories that run length of television commercials and have a quick cut editing style.
The characters in this film are likable and young children will find the story amusing.
A classic tale the poor mans Grapes of Wrath or Tobacco Road. It is about a ignorant man who fights to retain his ideas in place filled with abjectpoverty and a grossly uneducated male and female population. (Being a bohemian, I would have come to an mutually beneficial arrangement with both women)

I found watching mammy and pappy Yokum was like visiting with my grand parents; yes they looked and acted like that (well, the way I remember they did, I mean it really looks like Belleville did when I was a boy). the print quality is poor and there is a scene near the end that is missing causing a jump cut; it is like watching the late late show in the 1960's. and any film showing silent screen greats like Buster keaton and Chester Conklin is at least worth watching once.
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